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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:00 pm

I know it’s an issue which has been beaten to death at the national level, but the National Football League needs its officials back.

Nothing against Wayne Elliott and his crew who handled the Rams-Redskins game at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday, but they were overmatched.

These guys would have been better off at the Great Midwest Football League championship game in Chenoa, Ill., the night before.

Congrats need to go out to the Cyclones, who completed their first season in Washington with a league runner-up. The Detroit Ravens knocked them off Saturday, 6-3.

Right now, the difference between the GMFL and NFL seems to be that one group acts more professionally while the other actually is professional. I heard a lot of jawing back and forth between our Missouri Cyclones and other teams this year, but there wasn’t much physical happening beyond the plays.

At the Rams game, John Cena was featured during in-game spots on the video boards and it seemed that half the players were auditioning to join him in the pro wrestling world. We know James Laurinaitis has the pedigree.

On Sunday, the officials lost control of the game very early in the contest. There was a lot of talking, a lot of shoving and even some swings which went unpunished.

Elliott couldn’t be held responsible for everything. One of those instances was when he was reviewing a challenge (which, according to Fox Sports officials expert Mike Pereira, shouldn’t have even been allowed) and one of the Redskins’ linemen got into Sam Bradford’s face, bringing about another scrum of pushing, shoving and talking.

The game ended up having quite an edge to it. It ended up in a positive way for the Rams after Joshua Morgan threw the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan near the end of the game. That took the Redskins out of range of a potential tying field goal. Those two actually had been going at each other for most of the game.

It’s good to see the Rams playing competitive football again. And it was nice to hear the dome get really loud again supporting the Rams.

It’s been awhile. I think the fans are going to enjoy the Jeff Fisher era, but I don’t think most will wear their “Fisher Stache” giveaways to the game again.

•••

Next week is the 57th Annual Hermann Tournament and for the first time in a long time, I don’t think there’s a true favorite.

Monday’s pool consists of Washington, Pacific, New Haven and Montgomery County.

Of those three, Pacific is the defending runner-up while Washington beat New Haven for third.

It’s likely those three teams will be playing on Thursday, but the order is up in the air. Washington’s health will be a factor as will the consistency of play of Pacific and New Haven. All three teams have strong players, but which of the three will be on their game during pool play?

New Haven can hang with a lot of teams, as they showed very early against Borgia Monday, but there are some weak rotations.

Tuesday’s pool overall might be a little stronger and there’s going to be a decent team at home on Thursday.

Borgia, Hermann, Owensville and Union are in the Tuesday pool and I think it’s going to come down to the last two matches to determine placement.

Hermann is going to be extremely difficult to beat, especially at home. Linda Lampkin has a veteran staff and returning key players. As of right now, the Lady Bearcats have got to be considered the favorite.

Owensville is an up-and-coming team which has the goal to beat Borgia in the district tournament. Union also is a rising team which has played solid ball lately.

Borgia, the defending champion, has a difficult road. While the team has a new coach in Brad Bruns, and a new faster offense, the team has yet to get the signature win it needs to prove it’s a true challenger this year. Monday’s win against New Haven was good and the team has a big home match against Villa Duchesne Friday.

But the schedule works against Borgia. Thanks to the past administration, Borgia also has AAA matches Monday at home against Lutheran St. Charles (right now, unbeaten in the AAA) and Wednesday at Trinity. That means the Lady Knights could play seven matches in four days and that’s enough to wear down any team.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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